Celtic Thunder Moves Crowd With Beautiful Version Of You Raise Me Up
FaithTap Staff 3/14/2019
The Irish singing group, Celtic Thunder, simply blew away the audience during a concert in Toronto, Canada. They performed a powerful rendition of "You Raise Me Up", which was originally composed by Irish-Norwegian duo, Secret Garden. They released the song in March 2002 with Irish singer-songwriter, Brian Kennedy, on vocals but was only a minor UK hit.
It wasn't until David Foster, a Canadian producer, musician, and songwriter, chose the song for Josh Groban, an American singer-songwriter and producer, and included it in his second studio album, Closer. The song became a hit and made it to #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in 2004 and remained there for six weeks. Josh Groban earned his first Grammy Award nomination for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category for his version of "You Raise Me Up." More cover versions came out in the next years including Irish pop group, Westlife, American Christian group, Selah, among many others.
Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group, who always delivers an eclectic, theatrical style show performance during their shows. Producer Sharon Browne formed the group in 2007 and have released 12 studio albums. They debuted at the Helix Theater, Dublin, Ireland in August 2007 and have been awarded by Billboard Magazine as the Top World Album Artist in December 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Paul Bryom is one of the original members of Celtic Thunder, along with George Donaldson, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, and Damian McGinty. He is also hailed as Ireland's premier young tenor and dubbed by fans as "The Swanky Tenor." He began his voice training at the young age of seven, under the careful guidance of Dr. Veronica Dunne, Ireland's leading lady of opera and a renowned vocal teacher. Before he became a member of Celtic Thunder in 2007, he had already released his first album at the age of 14, with its hit single, Velvet, reaching #1 on the Irish music charts.
He went on to release a Christmas album called "I'll Be Home For Christmas" in 2008 and went on to perform for famous dignitaries, including Emperor Akihito of Japan, Former Irish President and UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, and even then-US President Barack Obama.
Paul left Celtic Thunder in November 2010 to pursue a solo career. In December 2011, he released his next album, "This Is The Moment", which debuted at #1 in the World Billboard Charts. In 2012, he was awarded the "Tenor of the Year" award by the Irish Music Association, and again in 2015.
Current members of Celtic Thunder, include two of the original members, Ryan Kelly and Damian McGinty, joined by Neil Byrne, Emmett Cahill, and Michael O'Dwyer. Last March 2018, they released their latest studio album with DVD, Celtic Thunder X, which celebrates their 10th-year Anniversary.
Raise your vibes high with Paul Byrom and Celtic Thunder below.